Rolled Attributes

The five rolled attributes (Speech, Appearance, Art, Ethics and Faith) reflect primarily social abilities. These attributes round out the character as a social being, influencing how he interrelates with other persons within the game world. Strictly speaking, these attributes are not directly comparable across cultural or racial (or often gender) boundaries. Each culture holds different aspects or presentation of each of these attributes to be worthy or desirable and to differing extents. For example; The sibilant whisperings of Saurig love poetry performed by the greatest of Saurig troubadours (of high Speech and Art attributes) would be unappreciated, even annoying to a Hobbit used to the melodic intonation of Hælfling heroic epic (and the accompanying raucous chorus). Also, the broad flat nose and flared nostrils regarded as the epitome of rugged handsomeness in a male Troll would be considered a tragic deformity on the delicate face of an Elvin maid. Roll the indicated dice for each attribute (2d10 for Speech, Appearance and Art; 1d10 for Ethics and Faith). Where a Maximum is exceeded by the die roll, reduce the result to the highest value allowed by the stricture.

Speech (2d10)

Maximum = Intelligence + 10
The power of expressing or communicating thoughts by speaking.

This attribute measures the harmonious and persuasive talent inherent in the voice and vocal apparatus. A high rating indicates pleasurable tonal and timbral properties and coincident talent with consonant production. A poor rating indicates abrasive or annoying tone and/or timbre with probable difficulty with proper formation of consonants. The poorest rating, 1 or 2, probably indicates and inability to express vocal logic due to some extreme physical deformity such as the loss of a tongue or vocal cords. Dependent attributes: Charm, Charisma.

Appearance (2d10)

A sense impression or aspect of a thing.

This attribute measures attractiveness of body and limb as perceived by prevailing racial and societal norms including but not limited to; skin pigmentation and texture, eye color, body proportions, hair color and texture, and habits of personal hygienics and the effects of such habits. A high rating indicates physical conformity to popular ideals in a high proportion of such areas. A low rating indicates a general lack of conformance to cultural ideals of physical appearance and may suggest one or two significant divergences from recognized patterns. Dependent attributes; Charm, Charisma.

Art (2d10)

Maximum = Intelligence + 10 and Wisdom + 10
The conscious use of skill and creative imagination especially in the production of aesthetic objects.

This attribute measures creative imagination and artistic ability. No aesthetic form is assumed, though individuals with high ratings would tend to develop preferential expressionistic forms such as music, poetry, sculpting, drawing etc. A high rating would also presume appreciation for other forms of aesthetic expression as defined by the prevailing culture. A low rating reflects a general inability to evaluate artifacts by any except practical value. Dependent attributes: Charm, Appearance.

Ethics (1d10)

The practice of established principles of good and evil in behavior

This attribute measures "goodness" defined as the belief and practice of holding in esteem and protecting life and living things. A high rating indicates conviction of the sanctity of life. The highest rating suggests abhorrence to needless death and suffering of all living creatures, regardless of their perceived level of intelligence or importance. A low rating indicates that a low value is placed on life. The lowest rating suggests possible hostility towards living things in general and probable delight in causing living things harm.

Faith (1d10)

Belief in God, revelation or the like, especially orthodoxy in theology; in a practical religious sense, trust in God.

This attribute reflects a broad categorical philosophical and religious assessment concerning the descent of proper authority. A high rating indicates a belief in the sanctity and necessity of rules and regulations backed by a strong central moral authority. A low rating indicates belief in the priority and "rightness" of chaos and anarchy. A central rating suggests a belief not so much "middle of the road" as balanced between the two ends. This belief generally runs to the effect that mankind best controls behavior by the social pressure of the general population.

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updated on:   11 Feb 1999